Flora of Gibraltar website

The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens together with GONHS launched an online ‘Flora of Gibraltar’ project yesterday.

The project is the culmination of years of work by the GONHS Botanical Section and technical staff at the botanic gardens and production of the website has taken two years.

This is the first attempt to provide an identification guide to the entire native and naturalised vascular and bryophyte flora of Gibraltar.   The website provides information on the identification, distribution and ecology of all of the plants of Gibraltar, including maps and photographs for all plant species identified from the Rock. 

 

The project is the natural successor to ‘The Flowers of Gibraltar’, a book authored by Leslie Linares, Arthur Harper and John Cortes and published in 1996.  However, the online nature of the current project means that it can include more species, images and information, and can continue to be updated with information as further understanding is gained of Gibraltar’s flora.  The website is an educational resource of considerable potential that can be used by the public, schools and students at the University of Gibraltar.  It is a scientific tool but is also user-friendly and expertise in botany is not required for its use.

 

The website can be accessed at http://floraofgibraltar.myspecies.info/

 

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

A Barn Swallow, ringed at the Bird Observatory at Jews' Gate, was found in Chibia, Angola.  The Swallow, ringed on the 16th October 2017, flew into the window of a house in the town of Chibia in Angola on the 20th March 2018.

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Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

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First stop was breakfast at the convenient last stop Apollo X1  Venta before the huge expanse of flooded rice fields and ditches that was our destination.

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Seabird Outing success

Seabird Outing success

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Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

GONHS has noted the regrettable outcome of the illegal raking case, which dates back to an incident at Catalan Bay on 26th December 2014, and which GONHS has been closely monitoring.

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Flora of Gibraltar website

Flora of Gibraltar website

The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens together with GONHS launched an online ‘Flora of Gibraltar’ project yesterday.

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Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

'Harry', one of the Griffon Vultures that was rescued from the sea in May and was tagged and fitted with a GPS tracker as part of VULTURE TRACK, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday.

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